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Korea 2012

Ok with K-pop and K-Drama’s aside. Korea was, well, cold.

Especially at this time of the year. I recently visited in November and boy was it cold. With temperatures dropping to 0deg. at certain instances.

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That being said though, all in all, it was a rather beautiful place with good food and cheap shopping all round.

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Place your lock of love here~

 

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A teddy bear museum for all you teddy fanatics.

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Food Glorious Food. and who can complain with Kimchi at every meal.

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If you do drop by seoul, you have to catch “cooking nanta” really brilliant show!

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And of course. Lotte World.

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Sat the many rides. Fun fun stuff.

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Really really huge theme park with both and indoor and outdoor field with loads of rides and attractions.

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Had a go at ice skating too!

 

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Fish market!

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Octo anyone?

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Or how about tiger prawns?

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And a blast of things~

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And guess what we ate?

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Diced live octopus~

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Didn’t stop everyone from getting the good stuff too!

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The trickeye museum was pretty fun too!

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and i do what i do best!

 

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Plastic Surgery ads were plastered all around the city!

 

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The coex Aquarium was really nice too!

Though it did not have kickass whale sharks like the one in osaka did, marine animals still are awesome.

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We left korea with this re-enactment of a royal family walk in the airport.

So far korea is a pretty nice place to visit. Loads of stuff there, though, that being said, its still best to plan out your trip schedule beforehand.

 

Thailand Trip 2012

Well, its the time of the year for travel again. And this year we’re back to Bangkok.

However it was just a short 3 day trip which left us rushing around here and there.

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MBK, never fails to have us happily buying cheap gadgetry add-ons.

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Sissy wanted to try out box of deep fried mealworms.

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All of us did.

 

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Fancy listening devices?

 

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Or varied replica grade watches? Read my post on replicas here.

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The oh so lovely thai food

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Try it. i dare you

 

 

 

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With the inevitable closure of suanlum night bazaar, here is something the sprouted out from, Asiatique.

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Not as lively and fun as suan lum used to be, but it suffices.

 

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Also comes with a nice riverside view.

 

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No thailand trip is complete without a visit to shopping heaven, chatuchak.

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And my favourite part of the trip. Go-Karting at RCA Plaza

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Good fun all in, will do a post on it someday.

 

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Friendly stray

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The last day we rushed through the streets of wholesale market, sampeng. Loved it.

 

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So did sis.

 

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Well it was a short, rushed but nevertheless fun trip.

Till next year land of smiles. will be back~

 

MMER 2012

Ok and this year’s Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race proved to be another thriller.

Though i was there working this time. I was right there where the action unfolded.

Right at the end though with a brilliant 1-2 finish from the Petronas Syntium Team meant a record hat-trick for the team.

You can read up the team race report about the race.

Here are my shots for the race. Though i’m in the pits the whole time.

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The Clearwater racing Ferrari proved to be a tough challenger this year. really quick. though mechanical problems had them retire the race.

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Always beautiful the livery on the drivers helmets.

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Cheryl Tay showing off her camera skills. Read her blogpost on the race here!

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The LKM Porsche, which ended the race 3rd despite having a blown tyre during the race.

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Spotted some sogurt there. Needed some in the blistering Sepang Heat.

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Driver’s of Petronas Syntium Team Car#1 – Yanagida, Taniguchi and Ang

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Car #28 Driver Fariqe Hairuman’s Helmet

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Lightning quick pitstops!

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Air Jack’s lift the car. Tyres off. Tyres on. all in a matter of seconds.

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Twilight approaches as we go through to the night.

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Team Principal Dato’ David Wong looks on as 2 minutes left on the clock.

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Team Manager Gen Suzuki radio’s in for the Win.

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Brilliant race overall i’d say.

Well this post isn’t a really comprehensive coverage. But its good enough do check out the Petronas Syntium Team’s Page on facebook and give them a “like” please!

Cheers Everyone!

Beijing Trip 2011 Part 5

An after dinner walk back to the hotel brought us to a street side food fair.

Not the type you’d expect.

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Yeah. Scorpions, beetles and cockroaches. to name afew.

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Mustered up some courage. and tried it out.

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Letting sab try some.

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Did you think i wouldn’t give the seahorse a try?

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Pop’s tried some too.

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A windy morning had us searching for food. and guess what. we found more street food!

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Yeah more of them. they were moving about.

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Nah didn’t try those.

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some early morning mutton.

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With a heck load chilli powder.

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Beef ball soup?

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And guess what i decided to try? yeah. Sea Urchin.

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Was mixed with chilli sauce and wasabi. Boy did it taste Fishy

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Official Reaction.

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Then it was off to the airport!

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Normal lunch

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Take off and it was home sweet home after!

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Well hope you enjoyed the whole journey with me and my family. Definately a pretty fun place to visit.

Stay tuned for more. See you in the next post!

Beijing Trip 2011 Part 4

Yawn~

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A sleepy morning meant only one thing.

A loong loooong car ride to visit the GREAT WALL!

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Corn being dried on the side of the road.

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Finally Reaching

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WITH YOUR LIFE!

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A cable car ride brought us up.

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Scenic and majestic. One of the Seven wonders of the world.

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Crazy Shaped Stairs.

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The long trek proved too daunting for some of us.

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Then it was a fun fast slideway ride down. well the fast only lasted for awhile. Because we ended up behind an old lady a fifth down the track.

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Mom’s having fun.

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Yummy Lunch.

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We headed back. And after a Free and Easy walk around. Dinner!

Something i was looking forwa all trip.

Beijing Roast Duck!

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Dippers for the Duck

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The chef shows us our meal.

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Chops it up for us.

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And what followed was the best ever roast duck i have ever tasted in my life! PERIOD.

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Here is a pic of all of us with our guide, Sunny.

 

Part 5 here!

Beijing Trip 2011 Part 3

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As we would. Mac’s Breakfast in another country, a definate must! i’ll do this in another post~

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Zoomed past the “white house” of china. Not a tourist spot so we couldn’t go in. perhaps next time when i’m lucky enough to meet the premier of china.

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A shift of hotel’s as Dad’s giving a presention at a conference the next day.

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Behold summer palace. (and some dude’s face at the bottom left of this shot)

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Apparently some emperor of the past had this place built for his momma.

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Gonna have someone build something like this for my momma someday when i come into power. LOL

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Longest walkway in the world.

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Next, sab piloted the boat to a shopping area which in the past was built for the emperor. This was because it was  too dangerous for him to go out and shop because he was afraid of assasination. so he had the place built for him to shop privately. what joy right?

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Tried my hand at traditional chinese instruments.

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People tend to read signs properly here.

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Lunch!

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Then it was. Behold behold. The Bird’s Nest Stadium. An icon for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Oh. y’know. just chillin. having an ice cream.

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Carrying the torch.

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Gotta get that hairstyle someday.

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To make even more money from us. they had segways for hire to ride around the track! As a tourist. couldn’t resist.

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Hmmm. sounds good.

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Checking out the water cube. Pity we didn’t bring our swimwear

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Sab’s pissed we couldn’t swim.

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Dinner!

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LOOOOVE the Xiao Long Bao!

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The next day. with dad attending his conference. we headed to pearl and silk street market. where y’know. stuff aren’t as real as they may be.

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Breakfast at yoshinoya’s.

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Ah.. toys city. i like the sound of that.

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This shot was taken by some guy at a camera accesory store. He got my attention by asking me how to use the remote on the camera. I thought him and aimed the cam at him. HA

Silk Street market.

Sab enjoy’s her new purchases.

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Italian lunch

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A suave looking Dad back from the conference.

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Oh yeah. i have to mention here. it is SUUUUPER hard to get a cab in Beijing.

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We waited.

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And waited.

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And waited.

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And gave up and had beef noodles around where we were instead.

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Then OMG guess what. Because we walked so far from the hotel to look for a cab. we had to hitch one back.

That meant…..

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After a slight drizzle, a 15 minute wait and 3 sets of cab stealers later.

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YEAAAAA~

Part 4 Here

Beijing Trip 2011 Part 2

Here’s Part 2~

The Next day brought us up early into the airport for a domestic flight to Xi’an Province.

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The small plane zoomed with just one aisle down the center. not exactly a good place to run around.

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The landscape from the plane was brilliant as we flew over mountains and vast rivers.

Till we reached rainy Xi’an, and because it was a domestic flight, we had to get off onto the tarmac. in the rain.

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The rickety bus took us to the main terminal where our guide met us. and brought us to a more miniscule “great wall
that a previous emperor had built to protect the whole province(Xi’an [not to be confused with THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA])

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Massive structures

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Planking. Just had to do it.

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Rain did not deter sab’s fun.

Then it was off to see how terracota warriors are made.

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Food again!

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Rainy weather continued as we headed to see the real terracota warriors and learn more about the history of china.

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Wasn’t supposed to snap this so i took it from a distance. this was the dude(farmer) who discovered the burial site for the terracota warriors.

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Huge huge place keeping the warriors.

Which till now, more new discoveries are being found as they continue exploring the areas.

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The museum also housed ancient artifacts from that period.

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Then it was an average meal at the airport before heading back to the capital

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Yes, thanks for asking, there was still rain.

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Landed in the dry dry beijing~

Went back to the hotel and K.O-ed.

And next. Part 3!

Beijing Trip 2011 Part 1

Hey all, ah sorry for the long hiatus since the last blog post. Well have been overseas on a few occasions and was too busy to post. Went to China and Malaysia recently and had loads of fun in both places.

Here is the summary of the trip to China~

And because marsedit does not let me post up the whole thing at a go, here it is in parts.

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A night flight see’s us leaving at midnight and experiencing the dawn over china.

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A smooth landing brought us into Beijing, the capital.

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Bumpy roads greeted us as we made our way to the hotel. As well as the guide whom we hired for the trip.

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Then we headed out for some food~

KFC, was the menu for our breakfast.

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Beef rice, porridge and a suspiciously small portion of chicken set us on our way to the temple of heaven.

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Really really big place.

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Then it was to the monumental Tiananmen Square!

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As forbidden would forbid it. we went to the forbidden city.

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Ice Cream’s along the way

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Lunch at a local restaurant. Good food~

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Then it was a rickshaw ride through old Beijing

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After a that, dinner at a western joint

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And with Western Grub in our tummy’s we went back to the hotel and to bed, and rested for a tiring next day.

Part 2 Here!

Ratchaburi “Floating” Market Thailand

Why of course, i haven’t blogged about this before, in its magnificent hot and sweaty feel as well as the bumpy boat rides would bring, the Floating Market in Thailand is certainly a destination not to be missed when visitng the country. Located just a 100km away from bangkok, what more to bring shopping to a whole new level by purchasing stuff from boat to boat?

Mom had us wake up extra early to get ready for the trip there, we then boarded a mini van and headed down from the hotel.

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Upon reaching we joined the queue and found ourselves a boat from all the touting “ship captains.” Because we alighted at a distance from the floating market, means we had to take another boat to get there.

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The narrow and squeaky boat zoomed along the river towards the floating market.

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Surprisingly fast for a rundown looking boat.

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Really clean waters. mmm mmm~

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When we reached, we had to switch to boats like this which has a dude rowing at the back singing bird thongcai’s tunes. (no i was kidding)

hordes of boats parked along side the banks side by side selling, well, everything really.

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cococococonut?

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Yeah we got one.

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Or how about some soupy noodles?

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So look here, she has basically a whole mobile boat kitchen here with ingredients and all just out in the open.

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Preps the food right there and then, although there are loads of houseflies around, whats a holiday if you don’t eat dirty food right? HAHA

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And to be honest, it tasted pretty good! hmmmm. must be the flies.

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Oh yeah, no kidding. Urns.

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There are riverbankside shops and the boat rowers would bring the boat right next to them while the shopkeepers would try to hardsell their stuff to you.

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Lots of boats means lots of knocking around here and there colliding with other boats occasionally.

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How about a little chanel and gucci stuff?

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All in all pretty fun experience and definately a must go if you have never been there before.

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McDonald’s Japan


Now we all love our favourite fast food chain McDonald’s, which is probably the biggest fastfood chain in the world. And, well, also my favourite.

Here is something i came across on the internet about McD’s having loads different types of special unique items in their menu’s all over the world! From Soups, to beer and even oven baked rolls!

But that being said, the strongest impression of any overseas macs i’ve been to is Japan.

Here are some shots from the McDonald’s in Japan taken during the trip there in 08 and 09.

Here are the 09 shots where we took a break at mcd’s after a long walk around shinsaibashi in osaka:

Mc Nuggets

Corn!

Sab enjoying fries and Icecream.

Here is a morning breakfast i had with some mates in the hotel room during the school band trip to tokyo in 08:

Really beautiful packaging there

Sausage egg mcmuffin

Hotcakes!

And what i loved the most, Pokemon cups. HAHA!

On the menu was a McPork, which we don’t have here in Singapore, missed out on trying that though but ah well, there’ll be others~

To be honest, they food there tasted the same as you would have in Singapore, but definately i’d say there’d be differences compared to those served in American or European countries.

I’ll do a post on Singapore’s McDonald’s one day so do stay tuned for that!

I’m lovin it~